Gamescom continues its event with a curious trailer for Lemnis Gate, published by Frontier Developments. The game appears to be a tactical, 1v1 and 2v2 turn-based shooter, but with a time looping twist.
Players have 25 seconds to execute an action, be it blasting an enemy, maneuvering an operative, or setting up their next move. After all players have taken turns, the next 25-second round begins.
There are five rounds in total, giving rise to a near endless variety of incredible and creative plays. Set up ambushes, fix past mistakes, and develop unbeatable game plans to out think and outwit adversaries. By using non-linear logic, abstract thinking, and outlandish maneuvers, no two battles are ever the same.
Lemnis Gate also changes the very concept of teamwork through an innovative feature called ‘auto co-op’. This gives one player control of five deep space operatives, effectively enabling two players to duke it out in bustling, ten-character matches. Auto co-op shines in couch-based multiplayer, redefining both collaboration and competition as pad-passing players’ face-off with friends or work together by taking the hot-seat.
Just in concept, that sounds like a mind-bending take on the genre and has the potential to be the next big thing. Commanding your own team of five soldiers one by one and trying to outwit your opponent with feints, bluffs, ambushes, and flanks have plenty of potential. It's a dynamite pitch for a competitive experience, and a lot of experts in the industry seem to agree. Lemnis Gate has already won several accolades, including the ‘best gameplay’ award from the Montreal Independent Game Awards 2019, an ‘outstanding original game’ nomination from the Unreal E3 Awards 2019, and a spot at the finals of the Ubisoft Indie Series 2019.
Lemnis Gate can be wishlisted on Steam right now. The game is scheduled to release in early 2021 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One